Earlier this month, Toyota Kirloskar Motor introduced the BS6 versions of its Innova Crysta and Touring Sport people carriers. The duo is now available with the 2.4-liter diesel and 2.7-liter petrol engines, both updated to comply with the new emission standards. The larger 2.8-liter diesel engine has been discontinued.
Rushlane has learnt that the Toyota Fortuner BS6 will also let go off the 2.8-liter diesel engine and will borrow the smaller 2.4-liter unit from its MPV sibling. Toyota has not confirmed this development yet.
The 2.8-liter unit which produces 177 hp and 450 Nm of torque is currently the Fortuner’s only diesel engine option. Given that updating diesel engines to BS6 warrants significant costs, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has decided to make do with a single candidate for both its popular premium products.
On board the Toyota Innova, the 2.4-liter oil burner pumps out 150 hp and 343 Nm of torque (AT variant outputs 360 Nm). Toyota is most likely to squeeze more performance out of this engine for the Fortuner. The Toyota Fortuner 2.4-liter BS6 diesel variant will be available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both 2WD and 4WD configurations are on offer.
The existing Fortuner 2.7-liter petrol variant will continue to be on offer in BS6 guise. The motor produces 166 hp and 245 Nm of torque and comes mated either to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic unit. The petrol variant is available exclusively in rear-wheel-drive configuration.
The Toyota Fortuner BS6 will continue to compete with the Ford Endeavour, Isuzu MU-X and Skoda Kodiaq. It is to be noted that the Ford Endy is also set to receive a new engine in its BS6 avatar. The current 2.2-liter diesel unit will be replaced by a more powerful 2.0-liter mill, while the range-topping 3.2-liter engine will hang up its boots.
The BS6 version of Toyota Innova 2.4L D is around Rs 1 lakh more expensive than the BS4 version. We expect the price of Fortuner diesel BS6 to be not very different from the BS4 version. The Toyota Fotuner has been leading its segment quite comfortably and we expect the off-roader to maintain the status quo in the BS6 era as well.